Event: 2018 School of Education Research Poster Celebration
Date: Friday, September 28, 2018
Time: 3:30-5:00 pm
Location: School of Education Courtyard
Presenter: Kimberly Telfer-Radzat
Poster Title: "Looping: 3 Waldorf Success Stories"
Poster Advisor: Liane Brouillette
Waldorf education, the largest non-religious private school system in the world, relies heavily on the development of relationships between teachers and students for its success. Known as looping, teachers ideally begin with a class of 1st graders and continue with them through 8th grade. Using a comparative case study, this researcher examined the experiences of 3 Waldorf teachers who had looped from 1st through 8th grade more than once. Through interviews and observations, the researcher sought to identify 1) what knowledge and skills the teachers thought were key to meeting students’ evolving developmental needs and 2) how looping contributed to students’ success. The themes that emerged related to teachers’ educational background, sense of efficacy, flexibility, and perceptiveness concerning students’ developmental needs.